TODAY’S MAIN NEWS:
The latest opinion poll on the Scottish independence referendum has seen support for the ‘Yes’ camp fall by three percentage points.
The YouGov study for The Times newspaper puts support for independence at 35 per cent.
Polling expert Professor John Curtice has stated that the new poll leaves the Yes camp with work to do ahead of September’s vote.
In other news, a report by a group of former ministers, diplomats and generals has stated that it is in the best interests of the UK to keep and renew the Trident nuclear defence system.
The nuclear weapons, based at the Faslane naval base on the Clyde, have been a major flashpoint throughout the referendum campaign.
COMMENT AND ANALYSIS:
Our Scottish independence site showcases some of the best comment, analysis and opinion from across the web; here are some of our favourite articles from the last 24 hours.
• Filmmaker Christopher Silver analyses the summer of campaigning ahead in the Scottish independence referendum debate.
Silver is currently working on a feature-length film documenting the campaign ahead of the vote on 18 September.
• Don Peebles, head of CIFPA Scotland, gives his commentary on his organisation’s report into the finances of a Scottish state immediately following independence.
CIFPA’s report suggested that Scotland could face a £4bn budget shortfall in 2016, immediately after the proposed date of independence from the UK.
• Scottish Labour member and Yes Scotland campaigner Cailean Gallagher reflects on the party’s position on Home Rule throughout its history, and concludes that a Yes vote is the best way for the party to change Scotland for the better.
• Watch a video recap of the ‘Women’s Voices in the Scottish independence debate’ event hosted by Tods Murray’s Women in Business Network.
• Bryan Glass, General Editor of The British Scholar Society, presents an argument that those in England should support Scotland’s bid for independence.
Glass writes: “A Britain with a Scottish population constantly angry or depressed or demanding further authority is not conducive to the remaining UK being a productive global power.”
• Professor John Robertson, who produced a report alleging bias in referendum reporting by BBC Scotland, gives his view on the fallout from his report.